Michigan defensive lineman Ondre Pipkins claims head coach Jim Harbaugh and multiple members of his staff pressured him into retiring from college football due to a knee injury.
"I feel I am healthy and without pain. I believe Michigan wanted to free up the scholarship," Pipkins told ESPN.
Pipkins played last season after he was cleared to return from a torn knee ligament. He appeared in six games and racked up nine tackles from the defensive line position.
"I feel I'm healthy and ready to play," said Pipkins. "I don't want to sign the form. I wanted to play for my seniors and for the team. Coach Harbaugh said, 'I recommend you take the medical.'"
Pipkins, a 6-foot-3, 306-pound defender, was asked roughly 10 times during two months to quit the University of Michigan football program.
"College football is a business. New coaches have to win games. They want to go with guys they think can win. If I'm a victim of making room, so be it. But if there is no concrete reason to disqualify a player, he should have the right to keep playing."
Pipkins recounted a time when he showed up for an event and was told he needed to meet with Harbaugh.
"'I need you to sign this,'" Harbaugh allegedly said regarding the medical form, Pipkins recalled. "'It's not fair to your teammates. Let's get it done.'"
Wolverines head athletic trainer Paul Schmidt also relayed the message.
"Schmidt told me, 'Call it quits. Hang it up.' He said, 'You've had a good run.'"
Pipkins said he plans to transfer for his senior season.
This is not the only incident at Michigan in which Harbaugh has been under the microscope.
Several prominent college coaches, including Nick Saban of Alabama and Dan Mullen of Mississippi St., have criticized Harbaugh for holding 11 satellite football camps this spring in seven states. Saban and Mullen view the camps as a recruiting advantage for the University of Michigan.